Yes, I’m late to the party but I like to call it fashionably late.
Revolución de Cuba opened in the Theatre District in Central Milton Keynes last October. A Cuban-inspired restaurant/bar that is passionate about rum and cocktails. With so much in common, how can we not get on?
So today, I got my chance to visit. It was with no fancy intentions, just husband and wife wanting to enjoy an early supper, a cheeky drink and add some cheer to an otherwise normal Sunday.
Snaps to the interior designer. When you enter you are greeted by the light and spacious modern interior, you forget what you left on the outside of the door. The Theatre District, once the hub of entertainment and nightlife in MK is now looking a little tired and has lost its appeal to of all places, one named The Hub. But when you see places like this opening up, you think the Theatre District is not ready to give up without a fight.
Their cocktail menu is ridiculously appetising and I was impressed that even Guyana was represented in their rum store. Guyana is a small West Indies Country that holds half my heritage as it’s where my Dad was born and although I’ve not yet had the opportunity to visit, I am extremely proud of the quirky place that can call itself the West Indies, South American and Caribbean, all at the same time.
We ordered Totally Tropical Punch which came in the prettiest cocktail glass I have yet to see in Milton Keynes. It might not be to everyone’s taste, it did strike me as a touch 80’s and the sort of thing you might find in your Nan’s unused drinks cabinet BUT I LOVE IT. My husband, not so much.
Sipping our cocktails we started to kick back and relax and looked for the food menu. The menu itself is unique, it looks like a newspaper and is a brilliant prop at helping you feel you’re sat in a beach restaurant on holiday. We’ll order food soon, after another cocktail and a read of the paper, dear. The menu is filled with a selection of tapas dishes, large plates, chicken and anassortment of burgers.
I love picky food and like a savoury selection box, tapas suits me perfectly. We ordered six – as the menu suggests for a main meal. Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce), Nachos del Sol (nachos), Mojo Chicken Quesadilla (chicken quesadilla), Gambas Pil Pil (prawns in butter, chilli, garlic and lime), Ropa Vieja Tacos (lamb tacos) and Pork Belly Skewers with a side of Artisan sourdough breads.
The quality of the food was good for a restaurant/bar, which I’m sure come Friday and Saturday nights is all about the rum and less about the rum mayo. We both agreed that the Patatas Bravas was the tastiest we’ve tried in the area. The prawns were good and not overcooked like many restaurants are so guilty of serving up. The Nachos were moreish and the sweet slaw served with the lamb tacos suited my love of pickles perfectly. I know you can’t expect much to be said about bread, but the Artisan Breads that were freshly cut for us were very tasty and came with two contrasting butters. Top tip – stick to the white butter, it’s delicious.
We finished and the table was cleared promptly, here is where I will put my only niggle. In a very quiet restaurant we were left with empty glasses, full of excitement to order more drinks and waiting to be tempted by the desserts and there was no one to serve us. Now, going back to my earlier remarks of feeling like we were on holiday – If we had been then we would not have been in any rush, but with babysitters and life waiting back home we didn’t have all night.
However, my desire for dessert was not to be thwart and after having to go to the bar to order our sharing tapas style pudding it was worth the wait. I felt it was good value for a sweet selection of treats that were a pleasingly modest size for after a good meal.
It was then time to say goodbye to the relaxed holiday atmosphere and make our way home. Has my service experience scared me off from visiting again? No. Do I want another cocktail? Hell yes.